Perak sees steep spike in dengue cases

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  • Friday, 19 Jun 2020

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin (in red) and State health,science and environmental chairman Ahmad Zaidi Daud (in light blue) distributing pamplets and abates on dengue awareness at Buntong market. - RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: There has been an increase of over 200% in dengue cases here in the first six months of the year, compared to the same period last year, says Ahmad Saidi Mohamad Daud.

The Perak health committee chairman said a total of 888 dengue cases were reported up to June 13, compared to 262 cases last year.

He said there was an increase of 626 cases, with one death reported this year.

"From January to June 15, a total of 121 dengue epidemic episodes involving 93 localities under the Ipoh City Council were reported, while another 26 epidemic involving 20 localities under the purview of the Kinta District Health Office were registered.

"Among the hot spot areas are Taman Klebang Jaya, Kampung Simee, Cherry Apartment, Kampung Baru Pasir Pinji, Taman Wah Keong, Kampung Cempaka Sari, while four uncontrolled outbreaks have been identified in Kg Bercham, Teluk Kurin, Kg Sungai Tapah Tambahan and Pekan Razaki," he told reporters after visiting the Buntong market.

Also present was Ipoh City Council mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.

Ahmad said besides Covid-19, the state government was also looking seriously at the dengue and chikungunya cases that have been showing a steep increase in Perak.

He said as for chikungunya cases, two hot spot epidemic localities in Pasir Pinji (17 cases) and Kampung Simee (12 cases) had been reported, while four uncontrolled outbreaks and 15 controlled outbreaks involving 100 cases have been reported.

"The state government is committed to ensuring that both dengue and chikungunya cases are reduced, and through the local councils, checks and monitoring works at public places like markets, recreational spots, and even graveyards are being carried out.

"The increase in the cases is due to the weather factor (raining season), and due to implementation of the movement control order, where certain activities could not be carried out," he added.

Ahmad said he hoped people would take at least 10 minutes daily to check for mosquitoes larvae to prevent Aedes mosquito breeding sites.

"Use larvicide such as Abate in water storage areas, especially market traders who need to store water, or they must ensure that the water is replaced, and the container scrubbed and cleaned," he added.

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